ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Governing a Community Organisation

Event date: 
29 May 2017
Event time: 
2pm - 5pm
Conference Room, Clayton Utz, Level 10, 2 Philip Law Street, Canberra

Presented by Mae Tanner, Justice Connect NFP Law & James Kendal, Clayton Utz

Do you fully understand your legal duties as a board or committee member?

As a committee or board member of a community organisation, it’s important you’re fully aware of your legal responsibilities. This essential training will help you better understand:

  • the legal role of committee members as decision makers

  • the difference between governance and management

  • the importance of your organisations’ rules and legal purpose or objects

  • the 4 main legal duties of committee members

  • other laws that you should be aware of as a committee member

  • potential liabilities and how to protect your organisation

This session will be co-presented with Clayton Utz Special Counsel, James Kendal. James will discuss the governing documentation community organisations must have in place, and how those documents can and should work as a part of your organisation's everyday administration. For example, if something is amiss within your organisation, what can you, as a committee or board member do? Does your governing documentation ensure there are processes in place for you to voice your concerns early?

Morning tea will be provided.

About the Presenters

Mae Tanner, Lawyer and Trainer at Not-for-profit Law

Admitted to practice in 2008, Mae initially worked as a commercial lawyer and a judge’s associate in the Federal Court of Australia. During five years working in Samoa and Myanmar, Mae gained expertise in training and advising on governance and regulatory issues as a lawyer with a variety of nongovernmental organisations, government bodies and the United Nations. Mae has a Masters in Human Rights and is passionate about assisting notfor-profit organisations to achieve their mission. She has a particular interest in governance, privacy law and managing volunteers. A volunteer herself, Mae was previously a board member for NTA East Indonesia Aid Organisation and is currently involved in establishing a global association of human rights advocates and activists.

James Kendal, Special Counsel at Clayton Utz

James Kendal is a Special Counsel in the Corporate and Government Services Group of Clayton Utz. He is experienced in advising both public and private sector clients on their rights and responsibilities under contract and legislation and on regulatory issues, from his work on a range of major infrastructure, government procurement, regulatory and commercial projects across Australia. He has worked for clients across a broad range of industries, including airports, government, statutory corporations, public utilities and construction.

Event details
Event cost: 
Free (RSVP required)
2 Phillip Law Street
CanberraAustralian Capital Territory 2601